Ideas for General Meetings

Chris/KL5BF, our VP is looking for ideas for programs at the meetings, so let her know what you would like to see or an idea we can put together.  May 29th will be our last regular meeting due to summer activities.  We take June and July off except for the MARA Annual Picnic will be in July.  We have the Motley Picnic coming up 27-28th June. Field Day is that same weekend.  Location has not been selected yet.  The Motley Picnic will be at Tolsona Campground near Glennallen again this year.

Chignik Bay & Sand Point Tuesday Night Earthquake (COMPLETED)

Bushmaster Operations was activated last night, the 21st to support Earthquake and possible Tsunami on the Aleutian Chain to affect Homer and Cook Inlet area,  last night around 2300 by the SEOC.  KL7EOC/KL5T alerted us to the earthquake.  We establish nets on 3920, 147.30, 147.33, Winlink, 223.6 and DMR/AK TG3102.  KL7JFT started logging in contacts from Valdez, Homer, Anchor Point, Big Delta, & Kodiak.  We had supporting stations coming up on the VHF net.  KL4B verified that HF Winlink was available to KL7GRM and KL7EDK. KL4RCS maintain contact with Public TV and Radio to feed us information.  Kodiak/WL7R got us the coordinates of the earthquake and details.  It 7.8 ;75 miles SW of Chignik Bay, Secondary quake happen at Sand Point, 6.1.  The Tsunami was to hit between 2230 and 2320 in the Kodiak and Homer Area and possibly come up Cook inlet. KL2T reported the siren had went off on the Homer Spit and evacuations began.  WL7R reported the same in Kodiak.  KL7GRM Winlink was operational and he brought up the Eagle Packet Node for backup.  KL5T monitored the 147.30 net with KL4E's assistance out of Eagle River.  All stations maintained a good watch from their areas, propagation was excellent on 3920.  As conditions changed the NCs were kept in formed. at about 2330/0100 the outlying stations began to report the Tsunami warnings were being closed down.  KL7EOC/KL5T reported the SEOC closed down the nets and would work the support issues on the chain thru their channels.  The next morning reports were compiled and submitted.  At the request of AG6SV/Ken, the Saturn Comm Coordinator, reports were forward to him, which were further sent to FEMA, Salvation Army HQ and Washington D.C.  Operations secured at 0100 the 22nd.  All stations used excellent net procedures and discipline, A "Well Done" to everyone.  Thanks for the support.   Don/KL7JFT MATSU DEC

MARA 2020 Field Day (COMPLETED)

Now that MARA Field Day is over, as previously mentioned, it was an individual or family Field Day event.  Folks operated from their home or portable stations, with or without emergency power.  The rules were modified a bit so that class 1D can contact other class 1D station as well as any other station as before..  If you participated in Field Day please include your association with MARA/KL7JFU in your tally sheet to show the club's aggregate score.  Also please send KL7JFT a copy of your sheet.

2020 Field Day Packet(1)

Field Day is Over Now What?

2020 Motely Picnic (Completed)

 

 

ALASKA AMATEUR RADIO PICNIC – 2020

Sponsored by The Alaska Motley Group

June 25th to June 28thTolsona Wilderness Campground

The campground was located at mile 173 Glenn Highway.  Most of the pictures will be found on the KL7JFT Facebook.

http://www.tolsonacampground.com

This was the 38th annual Motley Group Picnic.  around 45 attendees, most of whom are members of the Motley Group, Snipers Net or Alaska-Pacific Emergency Preparedness Net, but ALL amateur radio operators and their families were welcomed.

We had 2 experienced and certified tower climbers (Tom/KL3TC & Claude/N7FXX direct and demonstrate how to put up a tower, guying techniques and tower rescue procedures. Proper Safety belt use and support personnel procedures.  MARA was well represented, approximately 12 members were on hand.  The tower replaced the one the campground had lost in the last wind storm.  This will be used for expanding their WiFi foot print and will last them for many years.  Our campground owners really took care of us and joined in on our activities.

Saturday all the ladies got together and went to Glennallen for lunch and shopping.

Saturday we had the games and contest going on. The Cornhole game had some good competition and Betty/KL1XL was the champion.

The potluck dinner, awards presentation, door prize drawings Chinese auction was a lot of fun and good time was had by all.  We had a couple of the younger group float the creek.  Weather was super until Sunday as we broke camp and had a good breakfast before we headed home

 

ALASKA 60 METER FREQ TEST ON 5167.5 KHZ

WL7PM/Dean will be net control. The  5167.5 60 meter frequency is an Alaska only frequency that can be used within 50 nautical miles of the Alaska Coast and anywhere in Alaska.  150 watts is the maximum power allowed. A dipole can be constructed out of wire at 82.5 FEET total. it can be fed with ladder wire or coax, depending on what your tuner will handle.  The Net will start at 1000-1100 on the last Saturday of every month.  Report any results if you make contact or not, so we can determine the usefulness of the frequency, to Dean.

2018 Sutton Emergency Preparedness Fair (COMPLETED)

Saturday, June 16 will be the Sutton Emergency Preparedness Fair.  We will be setting up both trailers.  This will be a dress rehearsal for the MARA Field Day.  We need folks to show up at the Sutton Library about 0900, tear down will be around 1600.  We will be training folks on tower installation, generator ops, beam and wire antennas, and equipment operations. This training will be critical for a good field day operation.  Please contact Don/KL7JFT if you can attend.

Don/KL7JFT

MATSU DEC

Hams Connecting Across the Air and Sea

During Field Day 2017, I learned a little bit of Palmer and ham radio history from Mayor Edna Devries. Then a few days later there was a post on Facebook by the granddaughter of of the ham.

In August of 1977, Edward Holmes, KL7HFX, who lived in Palmer, had contact with Mutsuhiro Ishiguro in Saroma, Japan and this led to the two cities becoming sister cities.

                                        

Additional information can be found at www.cityofpalmer.org/sistercityprogram